Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Dead Sound 2018

- We 2018

- Manon 1949

- The Lord Doesn't Hate You 2020

- Morris 2020

- By Day's End 2020

- Exit 2020

- Cripta 2020

- Junk Palace 2020

- A Prayer for the Damned 2018

- Legend of Rasputin 2020

- Uncommon Bond 2020

- Exit 0 2019

- One Missed Call 2003

- Carol of the Bells 2019

- Axeman Redux 2020

- Feedback 2019

- Day of the Stranger 2019

- The 410 2019

- Melvin the Birder 2020

- Wow Signal 2017

- H4 2012

- Cupid 2020

- Deadly Manor 1990

- The Insurrection 2020

- The Girl in the Crawlspace 2018

- Rooftops 2020

- Tapeworm 2019

- What Love Looks Like 2020

- Agramon's Gate 2020

- Lessons Learned 2020

- Help from Above 2019

- The Limits of Control 2009

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- Appiness 2018

- Keepsake! 2019

- Softness of Bodies 2018

- Murmur 2019

- The House by the Cemetery 1981

- Yamasong 2020

- Beyond the Law 2019

- A Stranger Among the Living 2020

- Making Faces 2019

- Psycho-Therapy 2019

- The Narrative of Victor Karloch 2020

- Shoot to Marry 2020

- A Perfect Host 2019

- Mommy 1995

- Teacher Shortage 2020

- Perfect 2020

- John #3 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Troll

USA/Italy 1986
produced by
Albert Band, Charles Band (executive) for Empire
directed by John Carl Buechler
starring Noah Hathaway, Michael Moriarty, Shelley Hack, Jenny Beck, Sonny Bono, Phil Fondacaro, Brad Hall, Anne Lockhart, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Gary Sandy, June Lockhart, Robert Hathaway, James Beck, Dale Wyatt, Barbara Sciorilli, Viviana Giusti, Jessie Carfora, Debra Dion, Charles Band, Jacquelyn Band, Albert Band
story by John Carl Buechler, screenplay by Ed Naha, music by Richard Band, creature effects by John Carl Buechler

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!


The Potters have just moved into a new apartment, and littly Wendy (Jenny Beck) starts to act weird. But while the parents (Michael Moriarty, Shelley Hack) think it's just caused by the move itself, son Harry (Noah Hathaway) thinks there is something more sinister going on, thinks his sister might not even be his sister but someone or something impersonating her to the t ... and he's right of course, because little Wendy was abducted into the troll-world and replaced by a Troll (Phil Fondacaro). In the disguise of a little girl, the Troll now goes from apartment to apartment to turn their inhabitants (among others Sonny Bono and a young Julia Louis-Dreyfus) into troll-like creatures and make the apartments part of a troll-dimension which is to eventually smash our own dimension.

The Troll shows pity tough with a terminally ill midget intellectual (also played by Phil Fondacaro, ironically), whom he eventually turns into an elf to give him a second lease on life. There's one woman though who could smash the Troll's plans, Eunice St.Clair (June Lockhart), a retired lady that seems cold and strict on the outside but has a heart of gold. Fortunately, Harry manages to hook up with her - and learns she is a witch who actually was the Troll's girlfriend many moons ago, and now she holds the key for his destruction, which turns out to be a couple of magic spears. Before entering the troll-sphere, Eunice turns into a younger version of herself (played by June's daughter Anne Lockhart), but she's eventually tricked by the Troll and turned into a treestump - which leaves the responsibility with Harry ... and he messes up as well when he drops the magic spear to free his sister, and is then attacked by a monster that's also the heart of the dimension. Then though the monster attacks Wendy, and the Troll knows her death would mean the end of all his dreams of having his own dimension, so he picks up the magic spear and kills the monster - which shatters his dimension at least for now ...

 

Troll is above everything else a fun film: Its concept is bizarre, but in a fairy tale kind of way, it's populated by many grotesque creatures that are wonderfully outbalanced by an eccentric cast (especially Michael Moriarty, Sonny Bono and June Lockhart give beautifully weird performances), and the film's tongue-in-cheek approach to the proceedings manages to maintain the film light-footed without becoming its own parody. And while the film was obviously made on a low budget, it was high enough to bring its imaginative story to life nevertheless.

Maybe the best film Charles Band's Empire ever released, and a whole lot of fun, too.

 

By the way, the lead character in this is really called Harry Potter, but please note: This film was released year before the first Harry Potter-book by J.K. Rowling was ever published (or even conceived, maybe).

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find Troll
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Troll here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find Troll at adultvideouniverse.com


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD